My 8-year-old granddaughter’s ears perked up when she heard the
family discussing travel plans.
“Free food, I want to go to the place with free food,” was her
Last year on vacation at an all-inclusive resort, she’d had fun
ordering anything she wanted to eat or drink without paying the
waiters, which made her think the food was free.
All-inclusive hotels are similar to a cruise-ship experience you
pay one price up front for accommodations, food, drink and
entertainment, making for a very stress-free vacation. This time
our multi-generational family of eight with ages ranging from 5 to
65 chose the 400-room Royal Solaris All-Inclusive Resort, in the
Baja, Mexico town of San Jose Del Cabo, for a short Memorial Day
Designed in Spanish
Hacienda-style with red-tile roof and arched balconies, the
five-story Royal Solaris wraps U-shaped around tropical gardens
landscaped with bright red, pink and yellow hibiscus. A large
free-form pool stretches the length of the hotel, while comfortable
chaise lounges line the edges. Gazebos and strategically placed
umbrellas provide ample shade. The view is out to the Sea of Cortez
and the booming surf.
Guestrooms are large, but not luxurious, with beige terra-cotta
tiled floors opening onto either a private balcony or terrace
complete with table and chairs. Bright blue bedspreads imprinted
with colorful tropical flowers complement heavily carved wooden
headboards, adding charm to the sparsely furnished rooms.
Televisions have full cable service and movie rental availability.
Spacious bathrooms have separate toilet facilities and step-in,
Situated in a side courtyard of the hotel is a supervised Kids
Club for children ages 4-11. Four 12-foot-high waterslides beckon
older children, while a splashing area with smaller slides in
whimsical shapes awaits the younger ones. A room devoted to arts
and crafts and games is used by all ages. Nearby, adults will find
the hotel’s spa facilities and gym.
Although the hotel is located directly on a white-sand beach
that stretches several miles in either direction around a scenic
bay, most guests opt to lounge around the main pool. Tides and
waves are strong here, as they are at many resorts along the Baja
Within sight of the beach, adults can enjoy a smaller pool
strictly for their use no children allowed. Also a short distance
away and directly on the sand are chaise lounges nestled under
small grass palapas.
Stage shows with talented live performers singing and dancing
occur nearly every evening in the large Tehuacan dinner theater.
Nighttime entertainment for adults continues in the lobby with a
small band playing until the early morning.
But getting back to the food overall, the menu and service were
quite good. There are five restaurants to enjoy along with a snack
bar. Two of the restaurants, Pancho’s for Mexican fare and Marco
Polo for Italian, require reservations made by calling between 8
a.m. and 3 p.m., the day you want to dine. These restaurants
welcome children, and the sit-down experience is a welcome change
from the buffet-style at the others. Casual, but not too casual,
dress is acceptable.
And, yes, my granddaughter ordered “free food” at each of the
resort’s restaurants, particularly enjoying afternoon ice cream
snacks and unlimited strawberry freezes. v
Marilyn Litvak is a travel agent with Travel Arrangers in
Air-inclusive packages to the Royal Solaris may also be booked
with Apple Vacations.